Although there are no events left in the month of March from the UFC, we are coming up on what will be one of the busiest, jam-packed months on the UFC calendar in 2018 in April.
Up first is the UFC 223: Ferguson vs. Khabib pay-per-view on April 7th, followed by UFC On FOX 29 with Dustin Poirier vs. Justin Gaethje on April 14th and UFC Fight Night 128 with Kevin Lee vs. Edson Barboza on April 21st.
Before the Octagon returns on 4/7, let’s take a look at the latest headlines coming out of the world of mixed martial arts. It’s time to jump into the latest MMA News Roundup.
FLOYD MAYWEATHER FILING FOR MMA LICENSE
No, the Floyd Mayweather / UFC story will definitely not die.
In the latest development, the pound-for-pound boxing great and former WrestleMania headliner told TMZ Sports recently that he plans to file for a MMA license.
Mayweather told the celebrity-gossip website that he plans to apply for a license that will allow him to compete in mixed martial arts. Mayweather told TMZ Sports of the application, “Everything takes time. Eventually, we’re gonna apply for the license, and hopefully, we can fight.”
As noted, the MMA world, including Joe Rogan, has been talking about a potential Mayweather vs. CM Punk fight, as well as the highly-anticipated rematch against Conor McGregor in the UFC.
ANTHONY JOSHUA POSSIBLY ENTERING THE OCTAGON?
Floyd Mayweather isn’t the only high-profile name from the world of boxing considering a move to the world of MMA fighting.
Boxing heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua recently spoke about meeting with UFC President Dana White about potentially fighting inside the Octagon.
ì100-percent, Iím interested,î Joshua said on a media conference call promoting his upcoming fight. ìBecause we can work together. Remember, mine and Eddieís relationship is a really good working relationship and Iím sure Eddie [Hearn] has an interest in working with Dana White. If itís good business, it makes sense.
ìWeíll listen, and 100 percent if it makes sense, weíre all in. So Iím happy that Danaís coming into the game, hopefully we can add some excitement and we can progress forward and make some more money and make some good fights.î
FRANCIS NGANNOU WANTS BROCK LESNAR
Well, we can add another high-profile name that has called out Brock Lesnar for a fight inside the Octagon.
The current number-one ranked heavyweight in the UFC, Francis Ngannou, who holds the record for the strongest punch recorded in history, recently made it clear that if the WWE Superstar does in fact return to the UFC, he wants to be the guy to welcome him.
ìPlease Brock, come back, come back my friend. We need you here,î Ngannou said during a recent interview. ìWe need you to put the fun in this division. I need you to give me that f*cking fight Iíve been waiting for for a long time, Iíve been dreaming for.î
ìItís up to what (the UFC) want to give me,î Ngannou said. ìThere are a lot of people out there who want to fight me. I saw Mark Hunt, he would be a great one. By myself, I want Brock. Brock Lesnar.î
COLBY COVINGTON VS. RAFAEL DOS ANJOS INTERIM TITLE FIGHT SET
We have a new title fight on the books.
UFC announced this week that due to his inactivity, UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley will sit out and watch as Colby Covington battles Rafael Dos Anjos for the interim UFC Welterweight Championship in May.
Covington is known for his brash trash-talk towards Brazilian fighters and the country of Brazil in general, famously claiming that “they’re all a bunch of filthy animals.” Colby will go into hostile territory when he fights former UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael Dos Anjos, a Brazilian, at UFC 224 on May 12th in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
That will do it for this installment of the MMA News Roundup. Make sure to visit MMANews.com for your daily-dose of mixed martial arts news, results, exclusive interviews and more. Until next time, keep the gloves up!